Foursquare for BlackBerry ready for BBM integration

As promised after their last update, Foursquare for BlackBerry has added integration with BlackBerry Messenger 6. Of course, BBM 6 isn’t released yet, but we’re expecting it to go live today. Enabled by the BBM Social development tools, this feature will let you update your BlackBerry Messenger status with your last check-in, share badges to your BBM profile, and send messages to BBM friends about where you’re checking in.

If you’re not familiar with Foursquare, it’s a way of sharing where you are with your friends, and playing a casual game while doing it. The app taps into your phone’s GPS and determines businesses nearby, which you can check in to, which is then shared with your friends on Foursquare, as well as out to Facebook and Twitter. By checking in to the same businesses regularly, you can claim the title of mayor, which mostly just for bragging rights, but other check-in habits can also earn you virtual badges. Every check-in rewards you with a certain number of points, which places you on a leaderboard among your other friends.

Personally, I spend more time on Google Talk than BBM, but I’m also a big fan of Foursquare. BlackBerry Messenger was a pretty big deal when it was the only real mobile instant messaging client available, but with plenty of third-party alternatives available, BBM Social is RIM’s shot at making sure it stays a selling point for their devices. It promises to add a new dimension to plenty of apps, including augmented reality in the new devices. If you want Foursquare to be ready for BBM integration whenever the new version goes up today, you can download it in App World.

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